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(May 22nd, 2013)
Secrets of 3rd Vanilla: Strawberry revealed!
      by Seppel

Oops, we went two days with no previews! We have a ton going on behind the scenes -- so much that we were a little neglectful to daily updates.

To make up for it, I'm going to reveal the secrets of 3rd Vanilla: Strawberry!

Yes, we have a lot of secrets, but these are big ones!


Are you ready for your first secret? Here it comes!


Art by Lavenderpandy

Oh, yay, a booster pack cover! ...wait, what's that?

15 cards?

Yes, we're adding 5 extra cards to each booster pack! Why? Well, there are 5 answers:

* Strawberry is the largest set since 1st Vanilla. Anyone who was around for 1st Vanilla probably remembers the printing dilemmas we had. None of the cards in the starter decks were found in the booster packs. While this made for an easy time collecting half the set from the starter decks, many people who bought booster packs were flooded with the same 28 common cards over and over, just hoping they got one of the 34 rares they were missing. We've corrected that imbalance over the years, and we are happy to say that Strawberry has 60 commons, 40 uncommons, and 34 rares, which makes for a very nice spread when opening a booster pack.

* The game is expanding. We can't stop it. Furoticon is doubling in popularity every year. We have to give our fans more! More cards means more enjoyment and satisfaction out of every booster pack. Your happiness is dearly important to us.

* You get to see more of the story and art in every pack. To explain this, I'd like to talk a moment about our last set, Tribes of Tanglebrook. The art on its cards tells an elaborate story, and you may not even notice all the entwined events. With a snapshot of 10 cards per booster pack, you're guaranteed to get at least 1 card from each of the 6 tribes. This sounds great at first, but a problem arises from a flavorful standpoint: there's almost no way to tell how the events in your snapshot are related. With 15 cards per pack, you'll be able to piece together the little stories to see the big picture!

* Drafts and other limited formats become a lot easier. During a Draft (a format where you pick one card out of a booster pack, then you pass it along, then you receive the remaining cards from another pack and repeat until they're all gone), usually you have to pass the first pack left, the second pack right, and the third pack left, creating an uneven balance of where you're getting your cards from. With 15-card booster packs, you'll have an even balance of cards from the right and the left. Since there's only 1 Home Haven in each pack, you'll get an extra non-Home-Haven card per draft, too! Plus, with the emphasis on multiplayer in this set, we can do all sorts of fun formats, like Team Sealed, where your team of 2 players gets 4 booster packs to make two 20-card decks. It's going to be awesome!

And we saved the best for last:

* Two rares in every pack! We love you guys! Each booster pack will have 8 commons, 4 uncommons, 2 rares, and 1 Home Haven! I've been waiting to tell everyone about this for almost a year. It's hard to keep so many secrets!

I hope you'll enjoy everything we have to offer with 3rd Vanilla: Strawberry! Stay tuned for more secrets revealed!

Strawberry preorders begin June 1st! Check every day for new previews!

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Carousel on May 23rd, 2013 @ 08:10 PM
This is exciting news. I am glad that this game is picking up in popularity. I can't wait for Strawberry.

Eglath on May 23rd, 2013 @ 07:04 PM
The larger booster pack size is great news... I just hope that they don't charge too much more for them.
Plus I hope the boosters in the online game are similar! ^_^

KiaranTheShadow on May 23rd, 2013 @ 08:43 AM
So excited for Strawberry!! The secrets unveiled makes it even better!! x3

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